Endpoint Privilege Management (EPM) is a critical component of modern endpoint management strategy. A feature in the Intune Suite, EPM focuses on elevating user access privileges as needed while effectively controlling application and administrative privileges. By doing so, it mitigates security risks associated with excessive permissions and unauthorized actions.

Why is EPM Important?

Imagine a scenario where an attacker gains full control of an endpoint. This situation is a bad actor’s dream, as it allows them to move laterally within the network, potentially compromising other systems.

To address this, EPM enforces the principle of least privilege access, ensuring that all users are configured as standard users by default.

Features of Endpoint Privilege Management

EPM offers several features to strike a balance between security and user experience:

  • Rule Management: EPM allows easy addition or removal of rules. These rules define how applications and processes can elevate privileges. Whether it’s automatic elevation, user-confirmed elevation, or support-approved elevation, administrators can tailor rules to specific requirements.
  • Tenant-Level Enablement: Organizations can enable EPM at the tenant level, ensuring consistent privilege management across all endpoints.
  • Elevation Methods: Users trigger elevation through two methods:
    • “Run Elevated”: Users can manually elevate privileges for specific processes.
    • Automatic Elevation: Ideal for approved apps that need seamless elevation without user intervention.
    • User-Confirmed Elevation: Requires validation from the user before elevation, adding an extra layer of security.
    • Support-Approved Elevation: Reserved for trusted apps, requiring approval from designated personnel for time-based elevation.
  • Reporting Mode: SysAdmins can enable EPM in reporting mode to observe its impact before deploying it in production. This helps fine-tune rules and understand how elevation requests occur.
  • Granular Rule Definitions: Rules can be defined based on child processes, assignment filters, and Entra ID groups. This flexibility ensures that EPM adapts to the organization’s unique needs.

Scope and Timing

  • Windows 10: EPM is available for Windows 10 starting from version 21H2.
  • Windows 11: EPM is also supported on Windows 11 from version 21H2.
  • macOS: EPM support for macOS is coming soon.

Benefits of EPM

  • Security Enhancement: By enforcing least privilege access, EPM reduces the risk of systemic vulnerabilities associated with local admin accounts.
  • Productivity Maintenance: Controlled elevation of privileges ensures that users can perform necessary tasks without compromising security.
  • Visibility and Control: EPM provides IT administrators with comprehensive insights into elevation events, allowing proactive security management.

Conclusion:

In summary, Endpoint Privilege Management in the Intune Suite strikes a balance between security and usability, empowering organizations to protect their endpoints effectively. By enforcing least privilege, EPM reduces risks while allowing controlled elevation of privileges.

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Andrew Reade